Ordinance prevents city employees from interfering with Springfield church sanctuary

Hampden County

The Springfield City Council passed an ordinance Monday night despite objections from the mayor.

The City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance that would prevent any city employee from interfering with South Congregational Church providing sanctuary to an undocumented woman from Peru.

The ordinance argues that the church has the right, as part of their religious mission, to not face interference from the city.

It also would prevent city employees from interfering with the church sanctuary.

Mayor Domenic Sarno responded to the order by saying the move would put millions of federal funding dollars at risk by making Springfield a sanctuary city.

“The City Council doesn’t deal with consequences, that’s not part of our powers,” said City Councilor Adam Gomez. “But essentially that’s a conversation that would have to happen after. I know a lot of people that are part of the other branch of government aren’t in favor of this order.”

Gomez added that he didn’t believe federal funding would be jeopardized.

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